“It is pleasant when one can relieve the grossness of the kitchen and the table by the simple beauty of his repast, so that there may be anything in it to attract the eye of the artist even. I have been popping corn tonight, which is only a more rapid blossoming of the seed under a greater than July heat. The popped corn is a perfect winter flower, hinting of anemones and houstonias. For this little grace man has, mixed in with the vulgarness of his repast, he may well thank his stars.”
—From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), January 3, 1842.
Perhaps an appropriate sentiment during the period of regret following holiday indulgences. —Q